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Passing the Rainbow (2008)

71 min | Documentary

A girl decides to live as a boy, in order to evade the work prohibition for women, introduced by the Taleban. An Action film director, who works full-time as a police woman, plays in her films the role of a superheroine, who fights against...See moreA girl decides to live as a boy, in order to evade the work prohibition for women, introduced by the Taleban. An Action film director, who works full-time as a police woman, plays in her films the role of a superheroine, who fights against corruption, child kidnapping and sexual harassement. The film deals with performative strategies to undermine the rigid gender norms in Afghan society: on the level of cinematographic stagings, in political work and in everyday life. The protagonists of Passing the Rainbow include a teacher who is also an actress, a policewoman whose second job is working as an action film director, an activist of the organisation RAWA who advocates the radical separation of state and religion, a girls' theatre group in Kabul, and Malek_a who lives as a boy to earn a living for her family. The directors show excerpts of films from the history of Afghan cinema, accompany the actresses during shooting and stage new scenes together with them. The local actors are co-producers and a corrective to Western perspectives. Passing the Rainbow is a film staging scenes from the actresses' daily life, reflecting on gender relations and opening new areas of action in fiction. Written by Sandra Schaefer See less
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Berrshna Bahar
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Roya Nuria
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Hamida Refah
Grandmother / Storyteller / Demonstrator Grandmother / Storyteller / Demonstrator   See fewer
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Agheleh Rezaie
President / Journalist / Teacher President / Journalist / Teacher   See fewer
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Saba Sahar
Policewoman and director Policewoman and director   See fewer
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Samat Sahar
Father Father   See fewer
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Zubaida Sahar
Mother and demonstrator Mother and demonstrator   See fewer
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Marina Golbahari
Girl with the jump rope / Audience member (uncredited) Girl with the jump rope / Audience member (uncredited)   See fewer
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